Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan
September 8th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she felt "deeply disappointed" by the president's jobs speech Thursday and called on Congress to avoid passing his plan.

"Clearly what we saw was just a sequel of all of the failed policies that the president has put forward in the past," Bachmann said in a post-debate speech.

While Republicans typically deliver a party response whenever the president addresses a joint session of Congress, the GOP passed on an address Thursday, giving no official reason for the move.

But Bachmann, who said she listened to the speech in the car while stuck in traffic, gave her own response in the House gallery in the Capitol Thursday.

She said she was offended by President Barack Obama's opening remarks asking Congress to "stop the political circus" and do something to help the economy.

Specifically, she blasted the president's plan to prolong unemployment benefits, calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs.

"Not only should Congress not pass this plan," Bachmann said. "I say, 'Mr. President, stop. Your last plan hasn't worked, and it's hurting the American economy'."

The GOP presidential candidate laid out her own nine-point plan, which included measures such as repealing Obama's health care reform, repealing financial regulation reform, and increasing exports.

She called the president's policies acts of "generational theft" that take money from future generations.

"The president has embraced solutions that are temporary gimmicks," Bachmann said. "They come and they go. That's what we saw tonight in the president's remarks."

Filed under: Jobs • Michele Bachmann • Republicans
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Tewrobert

    Obongo is only interested in luring more voters......Nothing else
    WE are gonna be in some serious trouble. This is not working for us.....

    September 9, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  2. dude


    September 9, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  3. bode olowu

    Why are they all doing this to the president.I think who ever has a better plan should come out with his\her own idea,and if its gud am sure the president will buy the idea

    September 9, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  4. easydoesit

    Being a republican I am usually wary of Obama's ideas usually because it costs too much. However, at least the president had the guts to present a plan which I can't say for Bachman.

    September 9, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  5. Common Sense

    Why not let all the people wanting to be President fully outline what they would do. If their plan succeeds people get back to work and they can prove that they have a vision.

    September 9, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  6. wormey

    Yes Michele. I am sure that all these people on unemployment just don't want to get jobs because the benefits are so great. It has nothing to do with the fact that the corporations that you and your party pander to have been shipping all the jobs overseas and letting everyone over here go. Yup. It's gotta be the unemployment benefits. You really are a bigger moron than I ever imagined, Michele.

    September 9, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  7. jsilva

    Bachmann's plan is no better. While I dont agree with extending job benefits, the Republicans have not set forth a viable plan for creating jobs except to think that small businesses are the answer. They are not. They dont provide enough high paying jobs with benefits and long term stable employment. We need more goods producing jobs where we actually produce stuff to sell to the rest of the world, thats the only way to get out of our mess.

    September 9, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  8. Al

    To bad Minnesota did not elect anyone to represent them, instead of Michele Bachmann who thinks that if she makes everything else fail, she will look good enough to get a higher level job. It does not even seem that she takes any of her constituant's needs and desires into consideration.

    September 9, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  9. walters

    Let me get this straight, she was stuck in traffic, arrived just after the president was finished, and had a written prepared statement, and was allowed to walk straight in a to the speaker’s podium and speak. Does she and the republicans think all of Americas is as stupid as they are?

    September 9, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  10. Mia

    Of course, she would be interesting in derailing anything related to the demos and the President. She does it at our expense. I wonder if she has gone two years without being able to find a job, her unemployment benefits are long gone, her house is close to going into foreclosure, she can't pay a health insurance premium anymore due to lack of money, and her kids don't have health care either. I am so sick of the political games. Bravo to our president. He has many bright and experienced people working on this plan, it's not just 'Obama'. Please let us get back to work and Ms. Bachmann think before you ink.

    September 9, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  11. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    The President wants to help people in the US with jobs-Bachman doesn't-could it be any clearer.She will be relegated to the dustbin of history

    September 9, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. Mike

    Did her husband tell to say that?

    September 9, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  13. Buddy

    Michele Bachmann can't reason her way out of a paper bag. Anyone who blames earthquakes and hurricanes on gay marriage has got to be missing a few marbles.

    September 9, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  14. Mrgreb

    Same old b as in b s as in s from that DB GOP fool. Where is her plan?

    September 9, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  15. Goodstuff

    Michele, go deep-throat another corndog.

    September 9, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. john leddy

    Michele Bachmann opposes President Obama's plan to extend unemployment benefits to those out of work. She calls them "poor incentives for people to get jobs". Is this the same Michele Bachmann who stuck her greedy little hand out to take $250,000.00 in government farm subsidy money.? You bet it is!!

    September 9, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  17. marci

    Bachman was offended by the opening remarks "STOP THE POLITICAL CIRCUS"? Where has she been all summer. It has been a political circus at the expense of the American People! And Obama's plan hasn't worked? How about Congress give it a shot and try to make it work. Obviously, the Jobs Act will not solve all our problems but it is a beginning.

    September 9, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  18. neiman timms

    Hater, you people need to stop downing everything the presdent trys to do. How are we going to get anything done if ya'll hate on every ideal and plan our nationals leader has. im disappointed in ya'll becuase every country looks to the USA as there big brother you can say, and you all are setting a bad e

    September 9, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  19. CS Venkat

    Rep. Bachmann's views are dogmatic and dangerously non-productive. If implemented, they will equal in destructive power several historical events whose ill effects we are still dealing with (Communism in Russia, Nazism in Germany, Castro's takeover in Cuba).

    Political & religious conservatives in the US need to take a leaf (ironically) from the Communists in China, who set aside political doctrine over 3 decades ago to concentrate on nation building by encouraging the growth of a strong economic and industrial base. A continuation of the sort of inflamed political rhetoric espoused by parties such as the tea party will do our country no good. The end result will be chaos in the financial markets and the eventual demise of a once vibrant economy. In short, the beginning of the decline and fall of the USA. A sad end indeed to contemplate for a country that has no reason to stop being a leader among nations.

    September 9, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  20. Shelli

    Talk about out of touch. Can she honestly believe that someone who has been laid off from a well-paying job actually enjoys being on unemployment?! The loss of self-esteem and self-worth, the trauma, the stress, the feelings of humiliation, all of these things are washed away by the tiny little unemployment check. Really? Why go get a job when you can live below poverty level on your unemployment check? That is a slap in the face of every individual who has lost his/her job.

    September 9, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  21. Alfred Stout

    Where is her plan to help Americans work. She will not be nominted by her own party and she is bitter!

    September 9, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  22. Stephie

    Has she even read the bill yet?

    September 9, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  23. Sandra

    Where is your plan, Ms. Bachmann? Pretenders criticize...leaders put out a plan...even if it is not popular. You put the tea party above America...shame on you.

    September 9, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  24. Oust Congress

    I think three fourths of Congress is not going to get re-elected. Yes, Democrats did have control before, but it is much worse now. Nothing, absolutely nothing is getting done because of them. I have yet to see anything that the Republicans have supported the president on. They can't even get into agreement with their own party except to bash the president. My vote for the next election for president will go to Obama. At least he is trying...I can't say that for these Republican right wingers in Congress.

    September 9, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  25. Observer

    Fanning the flames of class warfare- is not an economic plan. They are rich and you are not, so you should be jealous- is not what legitimate leader sells. There is an endless opportunity, it's a question of changing the mindset to be committed to GO GET IT. It's not easy, it's not without scarifice- you may have to move, you may have to change your life style- you may have to start a new life- that's what it takes to survive- it's always been that way, and it always will be that way. Those that understand this will rise to the top- if not for yourself – do it for your kids. Follow the lead of the winners- forget jealousy it doesn't work.

    September 9, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
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